USA dominate Slovakia 6-1 at world hockey championships, face Canada in semi-finals


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RIGA, Latvia (AP) – Colin Blackwell and Conor Garland each scored two goals on Thursday, and the United States beat Slovakia 6-1 to advance to the semi-final showdown with Canada at the World Hockey Championship .

The Canadians, who lost their first three games of the tournament, surprised Russia 2-1 with an overtime goal from Andrew Mangiapane.

Saturday’s other semi-final will pit defending champions Finland and Germany to knock out Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout. Finland beat the Czech Republic 1-0.

The four winners played their preliminary round matches in Group B and met in the round robin. The United States beat Canada 5-1 and Finland edged Germany 2-1.

Brian Boyle and Sasha Chmelevski also scored on Thursday and Cal Peterson made 27 saves for the Americans, who won their seventh straight game in the tournament.

The United States, which was the number one seed in the prelims, got goals from Boyle, Blackwell and Garland in the first period, and was on the way.

Peter Cehlarik put Slovakia on the board in the second period, but Blackwell scored his second goal of the game later in the period. Chmelevski and Garland closed the scoring in the third against goaltender Adam Huska, who faced 33 shots.

Troy Strecher made an exceptional pass through the crease to find Mangiapane at 2:12 of extra time.

Canada tied the game at 5:03 of the third period thanks to Adam Henrique’s power play goal. Connor Brown prepared Henrique for a quick shot at the top of the crease that beat Sergei Bobrovsky.

Russia, who finished first in Group A, opened the scoring at 14:32 of the second period when Yevgeni Timkin managed a pass from defenseman Dmitri Orlov into an open net.

American players celebrate after scoring their team’s fifth goal during the Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinal match between the United States and Slovakia at the Arena in Riga, Latvia on Thursday, June 3 2021.

Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for Canada, who needed help from Germany and Latvia on the final day to advance to the quarter-finals.

The comeback victory over Switzerland sent Germany to the semi-finals for the first time since 2010.

The Germans pulled out their goalie in the dying minutes and got a tying goal from Leon Gawanke with 44 seconds left in regulation. They won the shootout 2-1 when Marcel Noebels beat Leonardo Genoni.

It was another quarter-final defeat for Switzerland. Two years ago, Canada tied the Swiss with one second to go in regulation and ultimately lost. This time they lost a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from defenders Ramon Untersander and Fabrice Herzog.

Tom Kuhnhackl reduced the Swiss lead to 2-1 in the final three minutes of the second period.

German goalkeeper Mathias Niederberger allowed only one goal for Timo Meier in Switzerland’s five penalty shoot-out attempts. Dominik Kahun also scored for Germany in a shootout.

Jere Innala scored on a rebound at 12:55 of the second period and Jussi Olkinuara made 28 saves as Finland edged out the Czechs. Simon Hrubec made 23 saves for the Czech Republic.

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The 2020 World Championship has been canceled due to the pandemic. The Finns won in 2019.

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